Rappers want to be hoopers, and hoopers want to be rappers.
NBA superstars LeBron James and Kevin Durant are no different and got their chance to team up on a track at Spider Studios, a recording studio in Ohio during the 2011 NBA lockout.
While snippets of the song had been leaked after the recording, it wasn’t until the track’s producer, Franky Wahoo, put it on his SoundCloud page in 2018 that the full song was publicly available.
The song, which primarily focuses on the two former MVPs rapping about making it from humble beginnings to the NBA, came to fruition when James and Durant were just fooling around in the studio.
“LeBron James and Kevin Durant came up [to the studio] ’cause it was during the lockout,” Franky Wahoo told Noisey. “Originally it was only going to be Kevin Durant that was going to record, ’cause he did music and stuff, but then LeBron James ended up showing up.”
According to Wahoo, TMZ tried to purchase the song from him for $250,000 in 2017. However, he turned down the offer after communicating with James’ agent, Rich Paul, about a potential deal for the song to be included in 2K19, but “after months of back and forth, nothing regarding the track materialized.”
You can listen to “It Ain’t Easy” here: